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As a specialist in creativity, Edward de Bono - whose instruction has been sought by corporations such as IBM, DuPont, and Ford, and by the governments of the US, Brazil, and Singapore - here identifies a simple "six shoes" approach to taking control of situations. The author lays out the events and actions associated with each of the six types of "shoes", and explains that while someone may naturally be better at responding in one particular mode - say taking emergency action ("orange gumboots") rather than accumulating information ("grey sneakers") - the truly successful person will master all six action modes and learn to tailor his or her actions to the situations at hand. The author has previously written "Lateral Thinking" and "Six Thinking Hats".
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A gimmicky guide to taking effective action. It's difficult to believe that the author of the substantive inquiry into creative thought reviewed above could also be responsible for the sketchy, lightweight tract at hand. Be that as it may, de Bono (who with evident satisfaction admits to having completed the manuscript on a flight from London to Auckland) offers a simplistic footwear framework designed to help individuals take appropriate control under varying circumstances. As in his Six Thinking Hats (1986), he focuses on a half-dozen alternatives that supposedly can be mixed and/or matched. In ascending order of complexity, the possibilities encompass: ``Navy Formal Shoes'' (for routine drills or procedures); ``Grey Sneakers'' (information gathering, research); ``Brown Brogues'' (hard work, frequently requiring street smarts or initiative); ``Orange Gumboots'' (emergency actions in which safety may be a prime concern); ``Pink Slippers'' (compassion, sensitivity to human needs); and ``Purple Riding Boots'' (official authority). Whatever the merits of these toehold paradigms, the author is not putting his best foot forward. On the printed page, in fact, his sole-mates are exposed as little more than antic conceits likelier to lead to derision than productive performance. At one stage, he has an apocryphal corporate executive faced with the necessity of firing a loyal and longtime employee enjoin a subordinate to: ``Put on your pink slippers, and deal with the situation.'' In like vein, another imaginary underling charged with containing an incipient scandal is told: ``It's orange gumboot mode. We have to move very fast.'' While pedestrian claptrap of this sort might help a few readers to give themselves an occasional kick start, most would be well advised to ankle on by. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From Library Journal:
This latest, easy-to-read title from the author of the popular Six Thinking Hats ( LJ 5/15/86) will be of interest to not only business managers but to anyone who is responsible for guiding the actions of others toward the achievement of organizational activities. De Bono classifies organizational activities (as opposed to planning and idea-generation) into six categories, each symbolized by a pair of shoes: navy formal shoes for routines, grey sneakers for information gathering, brown brogues for pragmatic action, orange gumboots for emergencies, pink slippers for caring, and purple riding boots for authoritarian behavior. This artificial characterization of organizational activity is useful because it enables managers to separate action from personality. The author believes that an organizational leader will not only be able to select the appropriate action shoes for him or herself but also direct others in the organization to put on whatever shoes the situation requires. A useful addition to public libraries. See also de Bono's I Am Right--You Are Wrong , reviewed in this issue, p. 174.--Ed.
- Andrea C. Dragon, Coll. of Saint Elizabeth, Convent Station, N.J.
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